5 December 2018

Yog Nog Perfume Oil

Whether it's the Harry potter fan in me or something far more removed, there is something rather magical to be had with a miniature bottle of oil. Over the last couple of months, I have been using less bath bombs, and instead opting for a few drops of an essential oil to stimulate my senses instead. While this option is in no way as colourful or as fragrant as one of Lush's bombs or bubble bars, I've really enjoyed cocktailing some of my favourite ingredients into my homemade bath.

That's not to say that Lush's new range of perfume oils could do the same job, as these exclusives are far more diluted than an essential oil. However, these brand new releases have already showcased an array of different uses, and I'm sure I'll be able to discover a few more over time.

Yog Nog is one of five brand new perfume oils to be released from Lush and is a fragrance perfect for this time of year. Much like the liquid perfume, body lotion, bubble bar and bath bomb, this limited edition offers a smell that'll make you want to eat something naughty, so I'd recommend that you hold off applying this if you're feeling particularly hungry at that moment.

As I mentioned above, a perfume oil can be used in one of many ways, which is what makes these little bottles of oils so versatile. The traditional way is to actually apply the oil directly to your clothes, which you can do so by popping a couple of drops into the palm of your hands; massaging it between your hands; and then gently stroking your hands across your clothes to allow for even courage. The perfume oil doesn't actually absorb into your skin at first so you can do this without losing very much on your hands, and I found that the scent lasted longer when I applied it like this, compared to how long it lasted when I dabbed a little on my skin.

The reason why you're supposed to do it this way, and not apply it directly to your clothes, is that it's very difficult to control the amount of oils that come out of the bottle at any one time. Too much oil applied to a piece of clothing could potentially cause permanent oil stains, which are very hard to remove. Furthermore, it also makes it very difficult to spread the oil across a large space, as it will have automatically soaked into the garment as soon as it made contact with it.

As most consumers will no doubt want to do by default, you can also apply the perfume directly to your pulse points: your inner wrists, your temples, and even along your jawline. Simply dab a little of the oil straight from the bottle to these areas, and then briefly massage a little to stimulate the oils from the heat of your skin. The warmth of your body will help to strengthen the sillage of the fragrance, and help it to remain on the skin for as long as possible.

As I tend to do with my solid perfumes, you can also apply this to your beard, or ends of your hair, to carry the perfume in another manner. In fact, this is probably my favourite way of wearing solid perfumes and perfume oils because every slight breeze will offer you a little taste of the smell you are using. In addition, the oils featured in the ingredients will also help to moisturise your hair a little whilst its on there.

I should start by saying that Yog Nog Perfume Oil is a wonderful little bottle of scent: one that I've been carrying around with me for the past couple of days and sniffing it at every opportunity. While it differs from the other Yog Nog scented products a little, it is probably closest to the recent liquid perfume that Lush brought out alongside this release.

From the bottle, you get an intense, buttery combination of caramel and cocoa butter. The smell is velvety-soft and sweet, and my mouth automatically begins to salivate each and every time my nose picks up this wonderful smell. On initial smells, I would compare this perfume oil to the likes of the recently released body lotion, as there's something so sultry about it that you just don't get in some of the other formats. 

Once on your skin, these intense notes settle down quite quickly. Within a few minutes of application, the strong, wholesome smell disappears quite a bit, and you're instead left with something a little more powdery and not so buttery. It is here that the clove bud and ylang ylang oils become a lot stronger: the former offering a warming, delicately spicy note; whilst the latter showcasing a light, musky, sweet note.

I'll be honest and say that once on the skin, Yog Nog Perfume Oil loses its magic a little and doesn't appear to be particularly creamy at this point. While each of the notes that make up Yog Nog are there, it's not as rounded or as thick and buttery.Fans may notice that this is the same for the recently released liquid perfume.

What is impressive about this perfume oil is that once it had settled on the skin/clothes, I could still smell it almost eight hours later. Although it wasn't that strong after being on the skin for about forty minutes, when it did finally settle, the fragrance didn't really weaken that much across the expanse of the day. Using it on my hair also heeded similar results, and I even received a few compliments about the 'shampoo' I was using because of how much it left an impression for the duration of the day. 

Strangely, this perfume oil seemed to outlast the liquid perfume, in terms of longevity on the skin, although the bottled fragrance offered a more intense experience overall. Having tried it on my clothes, I was super impressed to find that this simply prolonged the life of the perfume oil while I was wearing it. The way these oils have been formulated must mean that the product clings to fabrics a lot better than liquid perfumes, and this shows in how much longer they last on your body.

Overall, I am definitely going to continue using these little gems on my body, hair and clothing, to see how I can make the most out of these perfume oils. Although I still wish that the scent of this could be much more intense as an oil, I can appreciate how long the oils last, and how versatile they are. They also make better travel companions than the liquid perfumes, as they are smaller and easier to carry, and can fit far easier in a purse or wallet if you want to top up throughout the day/night. I will definitely be taking Yog Nog Perfume Oil with me when I travel abroad for Christmas.

Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil, Clove Bud Oil, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Eugenol, *Isoeugenol, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2018 Price: £15 for 15ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Yog Nog Bath Bomb
Yog Nog Body Lotion
Yog Nog FUN Bar
Yog Nog Liquid Perfume (2014)

Yog Nog Liquid Perfume (2018)
Yog Nog Perfume Oil
Yog Nog Shower Smoothie
Yog Nog Soap
Yog Nog Solid Perfume
Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar Slice


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